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Holo Audio

Holo May DAC

STOCK

  • Official Australian dealer with better than parity pricing from US, full 3 year Australian warranty and free shipping.
  • Full payment required to secure next available unit. Stock coming regularly. At most a 5 week delivery time once ordered.
  • Due to significant covid cost increases to parts, prices have risen in equal measure. Order before the end of September to secure the pre-covid price.
KEYS
  • The King is Crowned!
  • Ultimate endgame DAC
  • Natural, analog sound with no compromise
  • Full DUAL mono with dedicated DAC module and O-Type Transfromer for each channel
  • Best measurements of any NOS R2R DAC
  • Up to DSD1024 and PCM1.536MHz

REVIEWS

With the Holo Audio KTE May DAC we have a digital to analog converter that pulls off that rare feat of turning data into music without imposing the fingerprints of the process, which is all too commonly found with most DACs. That it does so at this level of sophistication at its price is remarkable.

Michael Lavorgna on TwitteringMachines.com

As the digital anchor in my ever-changing audio systems, the HoloAudio May DAC (Level 3 KTE) exhibits a force and gravity. It demonstrats a natural quietness that exceeded my former reference. The May's true-to-life demeanor made recorded music seem infinite and beautiful. Best of all, it made me feel good about our collective digital future.

Herb Reichert on Stereophile.com

The HoloAudio May (Level 3) is one of the best-sounding D/A processors I have tried.

John Atkinson on Stereophile.com

DESCRIPTION

This new DAC “May” is the design of a new generation, it’s HoloAudio’s finest technology all designed by Jeff Zhu, the engineer behind these great products. It’s a full discrete R2R type of audio decoder and does not have off the shelf-DAC chip! This is a bespoke custom-designed core DUAL MONO DAC modules that are truly a breakthrough with technology for any DAC chip today. The May is here to achieve new heights, new dynamics and simply a full spectrum of audio to please the aural senses.

IN THE BOX

  • DAC chassis
  • Power Supply chassis
  • Remote control for Levels 2 and 3 only (note: no volume as May DAC is not a preamp)
  • Power supply interconnect
  • Power cable
  • Manual
  • 3 years warranty for both parts and labor

SHIPPING

  • Current ship time is up to 5 weeks from date of purchase  
  • Free shipping

SPECS

DAC Type

Full discrete R2R

Conversion Modes

NOS (Non-Oversampling)

OS (Oversampling)

Digital Inputs

2x I2S (each with configurable pins for maximum input compatability)

USB

Optical

SPDIF RCA

SPDIF BNC

Analogue Outputs

Single Ended RCA

Balanced XLR

Weight 19kg


MODEL COMPARISON

 Transformers

All Models: 100VA DUAL O-type(not Toroid) FLATWIRE (NOT roundwire) 6N Copper custom hand made audio transformers

Wiring

Level 1: copper

Level 2: copper

Level 3 KTE: 1.5mm pure OCC silver wire

DAC Modules

Level 1: standard

Level 2: standard

Level 3 KTE: hand selected DAC modules for best measurements and dynamic range

DAC Module Covers

Level 1: none

Level 2: none

Level 3 KTE: copper shield covers

IEC Faston Connectors

Level 1: standard

Level 2: standard

Level 3 KTEpure silver/rhodium plated faston connectors

Fuse

Level 1: Shurter Gold fuse

Level 2: Shurter Gold fuse

Level 3 KTE: Red Nano brand fuse with graphene and quartz filtering materials and gold-over-silver contacts

Capacitors Type A

Level 1: Vishay

Level 2: Vishay

Level 3 KTEupgraded KTE capacitors (provide intoxicating voicing and are beyond subtle improvements over L1/L2)

Capacitors Type B

Level 1: Mundorf EVO silver/gold caps

Level 2: custom made HoloAudio 1000V 1uF caps

Level 3 KTE: custom made HoloAudio 1000V 1uF caps

USB Module

Level 1: XMOS xu208 

Level 2: enhanced XMOS xu208 with Holo Audio Titanis 2.0 circuit

Level 3 KTE: enhanced XMOS xu208 with Holo Audio Titanis 2.0 circuit

Remote Control

Level 1: no

Level 2: yes

Level 3 KTE: yes

Chassis Decals

Level 1: standard

Level 2: standard

Level 3 KTE: special Kitsune Tuned Edition branding inside and out (pure copper Kitsune fox emblem on top panel)